Oct. 28, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
The Michigan State Spartans staked themselves to a 3-0 lead and the Hoosiers did not have an answer, falling 3-1 to the Spartans Saturday afternoon at DeMartin Stadium in East Lansing, Mich.
The Hoosiers fall to 11-4-2 overall, 3-2 in Big Ten play. Michigan State is now 8-7-1, 3-2 in league action.
"We were out-fought, but not out-played," said head coach Todd Yeagley. "(Michigan State)were opportunistic and got the goals. They didn't hurt themselves."
Indiana made a nuisance of itself in front of the MSU goal early in the first half, with five corner kicks in the first 12 minutes of play. Caleb Konstanski and Nikita Kotlov both had close-range shots that were deflected over the goal line.
Matt McKain was credited with a team save in the 14th minute off a header from Ryan Keener, while goalkeeper Luis Soffner kept MSU off the board, parrying a shot from Cody Henderson over the bar in the 21st minute.
Michigan State took a 1-0 lead in the 43rd minute with a goal from Jay Chapman. The play began when Kerel Bradford's clearance in the box when right to Sean Conerty. He passed it back to Ryan Thelen, who found a wide open Chapman 22 yards out.
Less than five minutes into the second half the Hoosiers had a golden opportunity in the Michigan State box when Eriq Zavaleta served a ball in that was headed down by Kotlov. The ball landed at the feet of McKain, but he skied his shot over the goal.
Two minutes later Zavaleta had a shot at a tight angle on the goal line, but MSU goalkeeper Zach Bennett smothered the shot. Michigan State immediately had a counter, and the Hoosiers were caught off guard with Chapman getting an easy one-on-one shot that he slipped past Soffner for the 2-0 Spartan lead.
Chapman got the hat trick with his third goal of the day in the 76th minute. Again finding himself in a one-on-one situation with Soffner, Chapman slid it by the senior goalkeeper.
Less than, two minutes later, Indiana got one back when Eriq Zavaleta tallied his 15th goal of the year, but it was too little, too late for the Hoosiers.
Michigan State finished with a 12-11 advantage in shot attempts, with Indiana taking nine corner kicks to the Spartans' seven.
Indiana wraps up the regular season on Thursday, Nov. 1 as they take on the Northwestern Wildcats. Game time is 8 p.m. ET at Armstrong Stadium. The match will be show live on the Big Ten Network.
Indiana remains alive in the Big Ten regular season race. Should the Hoosiers defeat Northwestern on Thursday, and Michigan State either ties or loses to Michigan on Saturday night, the Hoosiers can win the Big Ten regular season title.